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Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!
Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
(Originally posted on marthamaryministries.com: 1/21/13)
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11, NLT)
Jesus! There’s just something about that name!”
How wonderful is the name Jesus?! How sweet is that wonderful name?! That name makes demons tremble! At the name of Jesus, the lame walks. At that marvelous name of Jesus, the sick are healed! At that name, the dead are raised! Things happen at the name of Jesus!
At that wonderful name, the Bible says, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (admit) that He is Lord! Regardless of what we may have thought. Regardless of what idea or false notion we may have or have had about Jesus, regardless of what you or I believe, all will bow down to King Jesus! All will confess that Jesus is Lord! Everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord! He is GOD! He is the Holy One!
What a sight to see!! What a day to behold!! What an awesome worship experience that will be when every creature in Heaven, on earth, and under earth bow in reverence to the Mighty King! All will say, “Jesus is Lord!!”
If you haven’t already given your life to Christ, now is the time! Surrender your life to Him today! Allow King Jesus to be your Lord and Savior! Make the choice and surrender now! He wants to make you brand new! In fact, He will make you brand new (2 Cor. 5:17). He wants to do a new thing in your life (Isa. 43:19). He wants to give you a new birth (John 3:1-21), a new life, a life of purpose and meaning! Right now, give your life to Christ! Follow Him.
If you have given your life to Christ, Praise God!! You can be a witness to the fact that God makes us brand new! We are new creatures! As Christians, we can stand up and be a witness for God, telling others that a new life in Christ means a new start! When we give our lives to Christ He gives us new purpose and our life has new meaning. When we surrender our lives to Christ, He’ll show us the reason for our existence. It’s because of Him we live, move, and have our being!
“so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (Acts 17:27-28, NKJV)
Jesus invites all of us to have a new life in Him. No one needs to wait to invited Jesus into his/her heart because on that Day of Judgment it will be too late. Let’s surrender everything over to Him! Surrender to His will! Surrender to Christ today! Surrender our lives to Jesus! Open up our hearts today! Let us fall down on our knees and acknowledge Jesus as King of everything.
“because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31, NKJV)
If you haven’t already, surrender today. Do it right now before it’s too late! If we don’t acknowledge Him today, we will do it on that great day! ………But by then, it’ll be too late.
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be encouraged in knowing God answers prayers, His ways are perfect and His thoughts for you are beautiful!
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You Think You Know

Happy Friday! Shoutouts and a great welcome to our new Freedom Walkers and all of you who have been our companion on this exciting journey!
It’s been a tough week, but thank God it’s Friday! I pray that you take the opportunity to join other like Believers in worship this weekend. Whatever you do, make your way to church! Not only that but don’t forget make time for you.

May today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional encourage you to remember this: God is perfect and so are His ways.

Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend!

Let’s walk in freedom keeping our trust in Jesus Christ!

your sis,
Rhovonda

P.S. For your reading pleasure the devotional series, “The Week He Changed Everything” will be available in an eBook format. More details to come!

You Think You Know
Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
Originally posted 11/26/12

Martha and Mary knew Jesus. They knew who Jesus was because they spent so much time with Him. They knew He healed many. They knew He opened blinded eyes. They knew He caused the lame to walk, the dumb to speak and the deaf to hear.

They knew Jesus healed all manner of diseases. They knew Jesus forgave sins and made the stormy seas be quiet and obey. They knew He walked on water; clothed a deranged man and put him in his right mind.

Martha and Mary heard His teaching and preaching; both knew the Word and that the Word had come to save. Jesus was the Messiah and they knew it! These sisters knew Jesus. Well, they thought they did.

So when they sent out their stress call (John 11:3), they knew that the Healer would come. They knew the Compassionate Christ would show up. They had no doubt that the One who healed others, the One who answered others’ prayers would arrive and arrive on time. They were confident and sure that Jesus would make it to their brother’s sick bed before it got worse.

Of course Jesus would come; He loved them. He was their friend. But Jesus didn’t come, not like they thought He would (John 11:1-6).

“When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.'” (John 11:20-22, NLT)

“When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.'” (John 11:32, NLT)

Deep sorrow and agony can be felt as we read these passages. When Jesus finally arrived, you can feel the pain and sadness from Martha and Mary. They were experiencing the death of a loved one, a tragedy that can’t be described. Their brother was dead.

Isn’t that just like God?!

When we think we know Him. When we think we have Him all figured out. When we think we know what He’s going to do, He flips the script! When we think we know God’s plan, He comes and does a 360 on us! He does the unthinkable, the unimaginable, and the indescribable! As their brother’s body lay lifeless in a grave, Jesus arrives on the scene — 4 days later — and does the impossible!

“Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, ‘Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.’
 
Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?’ Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. 
 
And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’
 
Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.'” (John 11:39-44, NKJV)
Martha and Mary thought they knew Jesus, but they really didn’t know Him, nor did they really believe. But soon, these sisters, the mourners, the people from the town of Bethany, and everyone else would see that Jesus is Lord over the grave and over death. He’s the Resurrection and the Life! Soon, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus would believe.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
(Is. 55:9, NKJV)

So, you think you know what God is doing?
So, you think you have Him all figured out?
You think you know what He’s planning?

Well, sisters, we don’t. We don’t even have a clue what God is up to, but believe me when I tell you that it’s something great! We can’t figure out His plan, but we can be sure that God’s plan for us is ultimately the best plan!!

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!” (Ps. 139:17, NLT)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be encouraged in knowing God answers prayers, His ways are perfect and His thoughts for you are beautiful!

LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

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Tuesday Morning Prayer

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We are making preparations for our Prayer Breakfast this Saturday. Yes! The excitement is in the air! To help us get mentally, spiritually and emotionally ready for what God will do on that great day, I’ll be sharing some of my past devotional prayers. These prayers will also be included in my upcoming book, Tuesday Morning Prayer. Look at God!!

I pray today’s Walking in Freedom! Devotional prayer will motivate and inspire you to press your way into the presence of the Lord.

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Tuesday Morning Prayer

“But the LORD watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.”
(Ps. 33:18-19, NLT)

Most precious and loving Father, in the name of Jesus, we come before Your presence with thanksgiving and praise. We want to thank You and praise You for allowing us to see a brand new day and a brand New Year. We praise You and thank You for Your many, many blessings! We praise and thank You for what You’re already doing in 20136

God, on day 23 of February 2016, You’re already showing up and showing out!! Lord, we thank You!! Not only that, but we praise You for Jesus Christ! Thank You for allowing Him to live in our hearts! He’s the reason why we live, move, and have our being! He’s the reason why we’re clothed and in our right mind! Father, we’re so grateful for Your Son! We know that without Jesus, we’d be lost like a ship lost out at sea, with no destination, no sense of purpose, being carried away, tossed to and fro upon the waves of destruction. Thank You, Jesus, for finding us! We praise You, Jesus, for keeping us!

Father, we appreciate all that You do. You do wonderful and great things for us. You protect us, look after us, care for us, and love us! As a Loving Father, You never give up on us. You continue to show us Your Great Love, and Your Great Mercy. Thank You for Mercy and thank You for Grace! Lord, we thank You for being so patient with us and always giving us another chance. Over and over again, You forgive us! We thank You for never getting tired of our mess. God, we thank You for knowing us, but still loving us. We thank You for the thoughts You have toward us! You think good thoughts about us, not evil. Father, we love You! We appreciate Your amazing love! Your unfailing love never runs out!

Lord, we make our petition unto You. Lord, we need You today and every day! Lord, we need You to lead us. Be our guide, Father. Lead the way. Lord, crucify our flesh today and Holy Spirit reign over us. Be Lord over our lives. Father, we ask that You would help us allow the Spirit Man to govern our walk today and every day. Lord, help us to surrender our will to Your Will. Help us to walk not according to our flesh, but according to Your Spirit. Lord, we yield to the fruit of the Spirit. We yield and surrender to love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Loving Father, we asked that You would crucify our flesh and let Your love abide. Crucify our flesh and help us to celebrate the joy of just knowing You. Crucify our flesh and let the Prince of Peace fill our hearts and mind. Master, give us patience to wait on You; give us patience with ourselves and with others. Father, show us how to be kind toward everyone we come in contact with. Lord, fill us up with Your goodness so that others may see You in us. Lord God, we ask that You would increase our faith, help us to be more committed to You, committed to Your work and to Your ministry. Help us to have faith in You, never doubting Your Word.

Merciful God, show us how to show mercy to others. Give us the spirit of humility, and teach us how to be selfless. We don’t want to live a selfish life anymore. Perfect God, give us that quiet spirit that will cause us to think before we speak and think before we act. Show us how to have self-restraint and be disciplined in our Christian walk. Father, we live for You and not for ourselves. Father, we crucify our flesh so that we can please You.

Heavenly Father, show us how to live a life that’s filled with praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto You. Strengthen our prayer life so that we may commune with You daily. Father God, we ask that You would bless us indeed! Expand our territory. Please be with us in all that we do, and keep us from evil, from all trouble and pain.

Now, Father, we continue to be thankful and be hopeful for what You’re doing and what You’re about to do. We thank You for what’s to come in 2016! In every situation that we face today, may we see the good in it and not the bad. May we not complain, whine, or find fault, but may we remain thankful and hopeful in You. For You are a loving Father who causes all things to work for our good (Rom 8:28). Lord, this is our petition, and we pray that You’ll grant us our request just like You did for Jabez (1 Chron. 4:9-10).

We ask it all in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

“We put our hope in the LORD.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD,
for our hope is in you alone.”
(Ps. 33:20-22, NLT)
During your quiet time MEDITATE on today’s scriptures. Be motivated by today’s VIDEO. Allow all these things to encourage you to walk in freedom!
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Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart.

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Encouraging! Declaring! Believing!

“The Lord is my light and my salvation-
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life-
of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1, NIV)

Psalm 27 is a beautiful Psalm of encouragement, declaration, and faith. In verses 1-3, the Psalmist declares three things: 1- The Lord is his salvation, 2- The Lord makes his enemies stumble and fall, and 3- The Lord is his confidence. Because of these three facts, David is not afraid. David’s trust is in the Almighty God and his confidence is in the protection of the Most High.

“One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:4-5 NIV)

In verses 4-6, David’s one desire, his one request of the Lord is to live with Him forever. David desires to be in the presence of the Lord; for he knows there is safety, protection, and shelter in the presence of the Lord. In the presence of the Lord, David joyfully offers up sacrifices and praises.

“I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:13-14, NIV)

The Psalmist ends this Psalm with more declarations, more faith, and more encouragement. Confidently, David believes he’ll see the Lord’s goodness while he yet lives. He declares and believes that when we wait on God, He’ll strengthen our heart.

Sisters, David encourages us in this Psalm to wait on the Lord. He encourages us to be strong and brave as we wait for the Lord to come through on our behalf. He encourages us to have confidence in the Lord, and fear nothing. He encourages us to seek after the Lord, seek His face. He encourages us to believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord.

BELIEVING IS EVERYTHING!!

Believing is everything! Although I haven’t received what God has promised me, I must still believe that I’ll receive it! Although what you’ve been praying for has not manifested itself in the earthly realm, you must still believe that you’ll receive what you’ve been praying for. Although we don’t see it right now, we must still believe. Believing is everything!

Still believe! If God told us, then it shall be. Believe. If He said it, then that settles it! Therefore, believe! Don’t give room to doubt. Just believe. Don’t lose heart, but continue to believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord. He will allow us to see His promises while we yet live!

My sisters, let’s be encouraged to declare the Word of God and continue to believe!

“Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit.
I’ll say it again:
Stay with God.” (Psalm 27:14, MSG)

During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE  on God’s Word. WATCH to today’s music video, Allow these things to encourage you to have a grateful heart and keep walking in freedom!
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

*Originally posted on 10/10/12.

God Can Do Anything!

Our God is incredible! Our God is magnificent! He has all power!! He’s a mighty God! He can do anything that He wants to do!!! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He owns everything (Psalm 50:10-12). The earth is the Lord and the fullness there of (1 Cor. 10:26). He created everything. He made everything. Everything belongs to Him. The earth is His. The sky is His. The seas belong to Him. The moon and stars, they are all His. Surely, He can do anything!

He took a coin out of the mouth of a fish to pay taxes (Matt. 17:27). Surely, He can pay all our bills! He clothes the lilies in the field, feed the birds. Surely, He will take care of all our necessities (Luke 12:22-31)! He healed a man who was demon possessed (Matt. 8:28-32). Surely, He can heal tormented minds and give them peace! He heals all manner of diseases. He forgives all sins. He delivers and set free those who are held captive. Most, surely, God can do anything!

Since God can do anything, why do we doubt? Why so little faith? Why do we worry? We doubt and worry because we turn our attention away from God. We do what Peter did in Matthew chapter 14. We look at our storms, we see the waves, and we listen to the negativity from others. Then, we begin to hesitate, become anxious, and turn our focus away from the Master.

Let us keep our mind on the One who can do anything. Let us keep our eyes and focus on the One who can do exceedingly great and glorious things!

“God can do anything, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (Eph. 3:20)

Wondering if your situation is too hard for God? Wondering if your mountain is too big for Him to move? Troubled if you will get out of the mess you’re in? Worrying if you’re going to make it? Here’s what I want you to do. Declare it in your mind and in your spirit that God can do anything! Open up your mouth! Shout it out into air! Proclaim it to the devil! 

Our God can do anything and there’s nothing too hard for God!!

“Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? 
      Why are you crying the blues? 
   Fix my eyes on God- 
      soon I’ll be praising again. 
   He puts a smile on my face. 

      He’s my God. 

When my soul is in the dumps,

I rehearse everything I know of you…..”

(Psalm 42:5-6b, MSG)

During your Quiet Time, meditate on today’s scriptures and allow God’s Word to brighten your day.

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*Originally posted 5/6/12.   

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Take the Limits Off!

Greetings Freedom Walker!

Do you feel a shifting in the atmosphere, in your ministry, spiritual walk or personal life? How are you handling the changes that God is doing in your life?

“Making adjustments can be difficult, but sometimes it’s necessary. Life is about modifications. When the weather fluctuates, we adjust by changing our outer appearances. When relationships turn sour, though difficult it may be, we make the necessary transitions to move forward. When the economy shifts on us, we modify our spending. We change our goals, directions, eating habits, and lifestyles. Change is never easy; however, it’s best, especially when God is transforming our lives.”

Excerpt from the book Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women by Rhovonda L. Brown. Copyright 2014 by Rhovonda L. Brown. Published by iUniverse. All rights reserved.

Today’s devotional will challenge you to not resist the exciting transformation God is doing in your life, as well as encourage you to release all restrictions you might have on Him.

May you be blessed by today’s Waking in Freedom! Devotional

Your sis,
Rhovonda Brown
Founder and Executive Director


“O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep. A senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this.” (Psalm 92:5-6, NKJV)

Do you have a longing for something different, a desire for a change, and an urge for a transformation? Is there a pulling for something more? You don’t know what it is. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you feel a tugging and a shifting for something more.

You’re tired of the same things, tired of going to the same places, tired of the same people. You’re tired of getting the same results. The things that you’re doing have become blah, blah, blah. There’s no fire, no drive, no impact, no fulfillment, and no difference being made. No change, no effect. Something is missing. There’s a longing, a desire, an urge for something more.

Are you’re tired of the same old, same old? Are you tired of doing the same thing over and over again? Are you tired of having the same program, singing the same old songs, and praying the same old prayers? Are you tired of preaching that same old sermon? Are you ready for something new, ready to go higher in God?

Well sister, there is more! So much more! There is so much more God wants to show you. So much more God wants to do through you. Much more God has for you and want to give you. It’s time to do something different. It’s time to make some changes. Time to move some things around. Make some alterations. Move those programs and tradition out of the way. It’s time to let the Holy Spirit have His way.

God is so much bigger than what we think. He’s immeasurable, enormous, He’s HUGE!! He’s so deep and so wide that our little brain cannot fathom or comprehend the vastness of God.

“Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.”

(Psalm 130:6, AMP)  

Right now, we are only scratching the surface of God’s magnificent and awesome power. There’s so much more. God wants to do so much more through us. All we have to do (need to do) is remove the box. Remove the limitations we have on God. For He is an amazing God! He’s breathtaking!

No Limits with lyrics Israel & New Breed
No Limits with lyrics Israel & New Breed

My sister, God wants to show Himself strong in your life and in everything you do. But you must take the limits off of Him. He wants to do big, different, and new things in our lives. We can’t even imagine what He’s going to do. But we are in the way. Let’s not hindering the Holy Spirit. Let’s not put limitation on Him, trying to keep Him contained because He can’t be. So, release the restrictions. Tear down the box, and let God be glorified through us.

He’s waiting on us.

It’s Monday….already! Let’s release the chains and walk in our freedom.

QUIET TIME

Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom! ™

*Originally posted July 29, 2011.